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Books Are My Bag

13 Oct

Books Are My Bag is a UK campaign to celebrate bookshops. For many people, bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by bookshop customers, and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers! Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat, especially from online retailers.

I suppose these bags are good reminders to people to buy more books. After all – orange is the most impulsive colour! However, there are certainly more stylish solutions out there if you want to show off your inner bookworm.

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Sunday Crafternoons: Make Your Own Salt Dough Sculpture

11 Nov

Making salt dough is really really easy you guys! It’s not just for Kirstie Allsopp. You can use it to make Christmas ornaments, pretty roses, buttons, jewellery, and to create cute hand-prints of the infants in your life. Baskets seem popular too.

But those ideas are totally boring! Why not bust out the seasonal cookie cutters and make some awesome skull and snowflake decorations for your grandma? Or spell out your favourite swear word? Or, with a little bit of paint and glitter, you can make your own internet meme like me!

♫ nyan nyan nyan-nyan nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan ♫

Ingredients.

  • A cup of salt
  • A cup of flour
  • A cup of warm water
  • Paint, glitter etc. for decorating [optional]
  • Varnish [optional]

Method.

1. Mix the dry ingredients. (This isn’t that hard you guys. There are two.)

2. Gradually stir in the water until it forms a doughy consistency.

3. Knead your dough for a few minutes. At this point your dough should look like dough, and you’re ready to make some awesome stuff!

4. Cook your dough. I put mine in the oven at 180° until they dried out, but apparently you can blast them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and that works too.

5. You’re freaking done!

Can you guess what my favourite word is?

I told you it was easy. Now you can decorate them, varnish them, or, if you don’t like how they turned out, eat them!